EU Animal Rights Debate

Sunday saw a debate on EU policies regarding animals as the Swedish campaigns for the European Parliament went into their second day.

Hosted by an animal rights organization in a rainy Sergelstorg plaza in the center of Stockholm there were participants from eight parties. They were all largely in agreement that Swedish legislation to protect animals is better than the EU average.

But when the Liberals Marit Paulsen claimed that the Lisbon Treaty means better animal protection in the European Union, Mikael Gustafsson of the Left Party countered that the opposite is closer to the truth. Carl Schlyter, who has made a name for himself on animal rights issues as a Green MEP, said they both were right to some extent.

He called for an end to long and agonizing animal transportation, and expressed optimism about a review of both animal transportation and laboratory testing next year. (gw)

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